1 head broccoli, cut into florets
2 tablespoons plain flour
Pinch of cayenne pepper
2 cups milk
300g cooked chicken, shredded
½ cup grated tasty cheese
1/3 cup grated parmesan
¼ cup fresh breadcrumbs
1 Cook penne in a large saucepan of boiling, salted water according to packet direction. Add broccoli for last 4 minutes of cooking. Drain.
2. Meanwhile, melt half of butter in a saucepan on medium heat. Add flour and cayenne and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Whisk in milk and cook for 4 minutes, stirring, until sauce thickens and is starting to boil.
3. Combine penne, broccoli, white sauce, chicken and tasty cheese and season to taste. Spoon into a 10-cup ovenproof dish. Melt remaining butter and combine with parmesan and breadcrumbs. Sprinkle over pasta mixture. Place dish under a preheated hot grill for 2 – 3 minutes, until top is golden and crisp. Serve hot or warm.
Tip: Prepare this dish ahead with grilling, then reheat for 15 minutes in a preheated oven set at 190˚C. To finish pop in under a hot grill so the top becomes golden and crisp.
To be honest, this is something I could make, and do quite regularly, without a recipe but this one already had the measurments and instructions so I decided to do it properly. Also I saw it in Australian Table and knew that my lot would love it, and they did! Of course, I could put cheese in just about anything and my kids would eat it! I made this on shopping day so I grabbed a cooked chook (um… rotisserie chicken for the Americans) and used that. I prepared the whole thing a couple of hours ahead of time and then popped it in the oven to heat through when we wanted it. It browned up nicely in the oven so I didn't bother with the grill.
Simple, quick and tasty. What more could you want after dragging two kids through the fortnightly grocery shop?